LOVE SLAVES OF THE AMAZONS (1957)
Article #1590 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-22-2005
Posting Date: 12-19-2005
Directed by Curt Siodmak
Featuring Don Taylor, Gianna Segale, Eduard Ciannelli
An archaeologist agrees to make an expedition into the jungles of Brazil to find a lost city of Amazons.
Here it is, three days running and I’m still in the jungle. I think I’ve contracted jungle fever as well. This might explain why I was unable to pick up the early clues to the real nature of this movie. The first is the title itself; just how seriously can you take a movie with this title? The second is the fight scene that occurs about one-third of the way into the movie. When a fight scene largely consists of people being thrown into mud, it’s more of a sign of comedy than drama. No, I was taken in by the fact that the movie more or less carries itself with a certain amount of seriousness and dignity for its first half. Still, even if I had heeded the clues, I don’t think I would have been prepared for the quantum leap in goofiness the movie takes once our hero is captured by the Amazons, and a scene where the hero is forcibly given a bath by a gaggle of giggling elderly Amazon women left my mouth hanging open. The next twenty minutes consists largely of giggling and catfighting (on the part of the Amazons) and leering and gawking (on the part of the hero). Sure, the movie makes a half-assed attempt to take itself seriously again once he escapes, but by that time you pretty much know you’ve watched a comedy. Incidentally, this movie was shot in Brazil, with what looks like an assortment of Brazilian actors in the cast. This goes a long way towards explaining why several of the characters sound like Paul Frees.